Sony Pictures Hackers Demand Studio Pull The Interview Film: “Stop the terrorist film!”

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A new statement from the Sony Pictures hackers Guardians of Peace (#GOP) emerged on Github earlier today, claiming GOP was not responsible for the threat made to Sony employees last weekend, along with new details on their latest attacks and demands.

A new email sent to Ars from the Guardians of Peace states an unknown entity sent the threatening email to Sony employees, along with the email came a collection of links to download leaked Sony pictures data belonging to two Sony executives.

“We know nothing about the threatening e-mail received by Sony staffers, but you should wisely judge by yourself why such things are happening and who is responsible for it,” the Guardians of Peace hackers wrote on Github.

As the GOP has appointed their operations to be “working all over the world,” many have acclaimed the group to be attackers from North Korea. The reason behind accusations roots from Sony Pictures latest comedy film, The Interview, a film from Sony where the CIA plans to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

In GOP’s latest message, the group demands Sony withhold the release of The Interview, calling it a “terrorist film.” A spokesperson for North Korea’s National Defense Commission has stated the The Interview was “a film abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK by taking advantage of the hostile policy of the US administration towards the DPRK.”

Another North Korea government spokesperson denied the countries involvement in the Sony hacking, writing: “We do not know where in America the Sony Pictures is situated and for what wrongdoings it became the target of the attack nor we feel the need to know about it.” The spokesperson did continue to state: “the hacking into the Sony Pictures might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK in response to its appeal.”

In GOP’s latest message posted publicly to Github, the message is directed towards two Sony executives, leaking their person data online:

“We have already given our clear demand to the management team of SONY, however, they have refused to accept. It seems that you think everything will be well, if you find out the attacker, while no reacting to our demand. We are sending you our warning again. Do carry out our demand if you want to escape us. And, Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War! You, SONY & FBI, cannot find us. We are perfect as much. The destiny of SONY is totally up to the wise reaction & measure of SONY.”

The hackers posted their message under the title, “Gift of the GOP for the 4th day: Their Privacy,” as the hackers continue to leak data. The Github message appears to have been removed or wiped from the site as a whole.

Links found inside the message contained information regarding personal data about Sony Pictures Television President Steve Mosko and Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Links directed users towards archived files and links to older torrents with data the hackers previously released. Files also included Outlook mailboxes belonging to both executives, likely stolen from Sony email backups.

Ars reported the files to be hosted on malvertising sites, or sites hosting malware-laced advertisements.

As the Sony hack continues to be ongoing, FreedomHacker will stay updated.

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Brandon Stosh is the founder and CEO of www.freedomhacker.net. Stosh is a cyber security researcher and professional consultant who strives to provide reliable news on cyber-security based topics.

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